The NFL reveals specifics of its new proposed catch rule

One issue with the NFL’s catch rule is it seemed needlessly complicated. The league has fixed that.

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NFL senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron tweeted out the competition committee’s recommendation on a new catch rule. It will be presented to the owners next week. And for anyone who has said “if it looks like a catch, it should be a catch,” that seems to be what the league was aiming for. 

That’s pretty simple and should result in fewer reversals of plays that look like a catch. We’ve already heard the Dez Bryant and Jesse James reversals in recent years would have counted with the new rule. That’s because control, two feet down and a football move is what should constitute a catch. The NFL complicated it, it got out of control, fans hated it, and then the league finally fixed it.

The owners still have to pass it, but it’s hard to imagine they won’t. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said before the Super Bowl that one thing he heard in regards to the catch rule is that fans want more catches, not fewer catches. That will happen with the new rule.

Related: Look back at controversial catches from Super Bowl LII: 

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Zach Ertz #86 of the Philadelphia Eagles scores an 11-yard fourth quarter touchdown past Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Philadelphia Eagles Tight End Zach Ertz (86) crosses the goal line for the game winning touchdown in the 4th quarter of Super Bowl LII on February 04, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. The Eagles defeated the Patriots 41-33. (Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Philadelphia Eagles Tight End Zach Ertz (86) bobbles the ball before regaining control for the game winning touchdown in the 4th quarter of Super Bowl LII on February 04, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. The Eagles defeated the Patriots 41-33. (Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Philadelphia Eagles Tight End Zach Ertz (86) bobbles the ball before regaining control for the game winning touchdown in the 4th quarter of Super Bowl LII on February 04, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. The Eagles defeated the Patriots 41-33. (Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) makes a touchdown catch during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Philadelphia Eagles Tight End Zach Ertz (86) bobbles the ball before regaining control for the game winning touchdown in the 4th quarter of Super Bowl LII on February 04, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. The Eagles defeated the Patriots 41-33. (Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Zach Ertz #86 of the Philadelphia Eagles makes an 11-yard touchdown catch during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Zach Ertz #86 of the Philadelphia Eagles catches a 11 yard touchdown pass against the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Philadelphia Eagles Running Back Corey Clement (30) catches a Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Nick Foles (9) pass for a 1st quarter touchdown as New England Patriots Linebacker Marquis Flowers (59) and New England Patriots Safety Devin McCourty (32) defend during Super Bowl LII on February 04, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. The Eagles defeated the Patriots 41-33. (Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Corey Clement (L) of the Eagles scores against the Patriots during Super Bowl LII between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on February 4, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARY / ALTERNATIVE CROP (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Philadelphia Eagles Running Back Corey Clement (30) catches a Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Nick Foles (9) pass for a 1st quarter touchdown as New England Patriots Linebacker Marquis Flowers (59) and New England Patriots Safety Devin McCourty (32) defend during Super Bowl LII on February 04, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. The Eagles defeated the Patriots 41-33. (Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Corey Clement #30 of the Philadelphia Eagles catches a 22 yard touchdown pass against Marquis Flowers #59 and Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots during the third quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Corey Clement #30 of the Philadelphia Eagles catches a 22 yard touchdown pass against Marquis Flowers #59 and Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots during the third quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Feb 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement (30) celebrates his touchdown catch in the third quarter against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
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Frank Schwabis a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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